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The macrofaunal remains of wild animals from Abbofs Cave and Lame Sheep Shelter, Seacow Valley, Cape

Ina Plug
Koedoe | Vol 36, No 1 | a359 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v36i1.359 | © 1993 Ina Plug | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 September 1993 | Published: 16 September 1993

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Abstract

The faunal remains from two adjacent shelters in the Seacow Valley provide evidence of seasonal predation on springbok by hunter-gatherer societies. The unusually high proportion of foetal and neonate remains indicate the hunting of pregnant ewes and/or ewes with newborn lambs. The deposits are disturbed by ground squirrel burrowing, but these did not influence the species representation. The coming of pre-colonial pastoralists and trekboer farmers did not initially influenced the availability of game.

Keywords

fauna, seasonality. Karoo, hunter-gatherers, springbok, foetal, neonate.

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